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Lesson Six: Hell is for Real

Dr. Randy Johnson | Growth Pastor

I grew up during the Lost in Space years, I was not much for Sci-Fi, so I physically moved the channel dial to sports or The Three Stooges.  Lost in Space was an attempt at high tech with such a “sophisticated robot.”  Regularly the robot warned Will of immediate danger.

Do we realize danger is coming?  Are we warning others?


I remember during a Californian earthquake bridges were breaking up with a drop-off.  People took pictures, but wouldn’t get out, stop travelers, and warn them of the imminent danger.

Fill in the mission:  The Church exists to glorify God by __________ the world, __________ with the saints, and __________ in the Word.

Reach keeps a focus on sharing the gospel.  Society today is infatuated with the whole “Heaven is Real” concept.  I believe it is more important to know “Hell is Real.”

Admitting Hell is real seems to be politically incorrect.  It is almost as if people would rather be comfortable, ignorant, and end up in hell.  They just want to be comfortable now.  Fortunately, there are speakers willing to make people uncomfortable and force them to realize they are making a choice:

“I hate thinking about it, teaching about it, and writing about it. But the plain truth is that hell is real and real people go there for eternity.” (Bill Hybels)

“The safest road to hell is the gradual one - the gentle slope, soft underfoot, without sudden turnings, without milestones, without signposts.” (C. S. Lewis)


“I believe the Scriptures teach that there's a literal heaven and a literal hell, just like Jesus said. And without forgiveness of sins that, yeah, the place of punishment is called hell. (Kirk Cameron)


“[Hell is] very real. It is a place we need to avoid at all costs.” 
(Francis Chan)

“… he [Jesus] himself speaks twice as often of hell as of heaven.” (D.A. Carson)

Not only is Hell real, but Bible scholars have noticed an interesting fact:

“He [Jesus] spoke more often about hell than he did about heaven. We cannot get around this fact.”   (Leon Morris)
“Jesus talked more about hell than He did about heaven in order to warn men of its reality.”  (John MacArthur) “

“Jesus said more about Hell than Heaven.”  (Jerry Falwell)

“Obviously I do believe in hell. Jesus spoke more about hell than heaven.”  (Rick Warren)

“Jesus said more about hell than about any other topic. Amazingly, 13 percent of his sayings are about hell and judgment …”  (Mark Driscoll)


Heaven is real; Hell is real.  Jesus spoke more about Hell than Heaven.  It appears to be more important to see what we are saved from than what we are saved to.  If I were drowning, I would not care if you saved me to a boat, dock, or island.  I would not care what floatable item you threw to me.  It could be a life jacket, cooler, raft, or little pink girly arm floats.  I just want to be saved from drowning.  Likewise, being saved from Hell and the wrath of God is much more important than spending eternity in Heaven.  However, believers get that too.

Several verses that describe what Hell will be like:

1.  Isaiah 33:14
“The sinners in Zion are afraid; trembling has seized the godless:
‘Who among us can dwell with the __________ __________?
 Who among us can dwell with __________ __________?’”

2.  Isaiah 66:24
“And they shall go out and look on the dead bodies of the men who have rebelled against me. For their worm shall not die, their __________ shall not be quenched, and they shall be an __________ to all flesh.”



3.  Daniel 12:2
“And many of those who sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to __________ and __________  __________.”

4.  Matthew 5:22
“But I say to you that everyone who is angry with his brother will be liable to judgment; whoever insults his brother will be liable to the council; and whoever says, ‘You fool!’ will be liable to the __________ of __________.”

5.  Matthew 5:29
“If your right eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body be thrown into __________.”

6.  Matthew 5:30
“And if your right hand causes you to sin, cut it off and throw it away. For it is better that you lose one of your members than that your whole body go into __________.”

7.  Matthew 8:12
“While the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer _________. In that place there will be _________ and __________ of __________.”

8.  Matthew 10:28
“And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. Rather fear him who can destroy both soul and __________ in __________.”

9.  Matthew 13:41-42
“The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers, and throw them into the __________  __________. In that place there will be __________ and __________ of __________.”

10.  Matthew 16:18
“And I tell you, you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of __________ shall not prevail against it.”


11.  Matthew 18:9
“And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out and throw it away. It is better for you to enter life with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into the __________ of __________.”


12.  Matthew 22:13
“Then the king said to the attendants, ‘Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer __________. In that place there will be __________ and __________ of __________.’”

13.  Matthew 23:33
“You serpents, you brood of vipers, how are you to escape being sentenced to __________?”

14.  Matthew 25:41
“Then he will say to those on his left, ‘Depart from me, you __________, into the __________ __________ prepared for the devil and his angels.’”

15.  Matthew 25:46
“And these will go away into __________  __________, but the righteous into eternal life.”

16.  Mark 9:47-49
“And if your eye causes you to sin, tear it out. It is better for you to enter the kingdom of God with one eye than with two eyes to be thrown into __________, ‘where their worm does not die and the __________ is not __________.’ For everyone will be __________ with __________.”

17.  Luke 12:5
“But I will warn you whom to fear: fear him who, after he has killed, has authority to cast into __________. Yes, I tell you, fear him!”

18.  Luke 16:23
“And in Hades, being in ___________, he lifted up his eyes and saw Abraham far off and Lazarus at his side.”

19.  2 Thessalonians 1:9
“They will suffer the __________ of __________  __________, away from the __________ of the ___________ and from the glory of his might.”

20.  Hebrews 10:26-27
“For if we go on sinning deliberately after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a fearful expectation of __________, and a __________ of __________ that will __________ the adversaries.”



21.  2 Peter 2:4
“For if God did not spare angels when they sinned, but cast them into __________ and committed them to chains of __________  __________ to be kept until the ___________.”

22.  2 Peter 3:9
“The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should __________, but that all should reach repentance.”

23.  Jude 1:7
“Just as Sodom and Gomorrah and the surrounding cities, which likewise indulged in sexual immorality and pursued unnatural desire, serve as an example by undergoing a __________ of __________  ___________.”

24.  Revelation 14:11
“And the __________ of their __________ goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”

25.  Revelation 20:10
“And the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the __________ of __________ and __________where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be __________ day and night forever and ever.”

26.   Revelation 20:12-15  
“And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Then another book was opened, which is the book of life. And the dead were __________ by what was written in the books, according to what they had done. And the sea gave up the dead who were in it, Death and Hades gave up the dead who were in them, and they were __________, each one of them, according to what they had done. Then Death and Hades were thrown into the __________ of __________. This is the second death, the __________ of __________. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the __________ of __________.”

27.   Revelation 21:8
“But as for the cowardly, the faithless, the detestable, as for murderers, the sexually immoral, sorcerers, idolaters, and all liars, their portion will be in the __________ that __________ with __________ and __________, which is the second death.”

The same word that is used for eternal judgment (Hebrews 6:2) is used for eternal life (John 3:15), and for eternal God (1 Timothy 1:17). If one of these is temporary, then the others must be too.


I like “the story that is told of a chaplain who reported to a new duty station. Upon arrival some of the men came to see him and asked him this question; Do you believe in a literal hell? When he replied that he did not. The men asked him to resign, and he asked them why. Their response to him was; ‘ If there is no Hell, then we don’t need you and if there is a Hell, we don’t want you to lead us astray.”

In Dante’s Divine Comedy, the author journeys through the Inferno. There is a sign posted over the mouth of the entrance to Hell that reads: Abandon hope all you who enter here.

C. S. Lewis was told about a gravestone inscription that read; “Here lies an atheist – all dressed up and nowhere to go.” Lewis quietly replied, “I bet he wishes that were so.”

Are you sure you are going to Heaven when you die?


Are you sure your family will go to Heaven when they die?


Are you sure your friends will go to Heaven when they die?


What are you going to do?

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